Evasion.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the fact that in disclosures concerning black-marketing, gaming, club-running and boot-legging a number of male persons of military and National Service ages are from time to time involved, whose identities are known, and whose particulars are at hand or readily discoverable; and whether, in view of the public exasperation there is at this type of traffic by such persons, he will take immediate steps for their mobilisation for appropriate service forthwith, and deal similarly with all such future cases?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

My Department takes up at once all cases of this kind of which they can obtain particulars. It should not be assumed, however, that the persons concerned are all liable to be called up for military service or are otherwise evading their National Service obligations. On the contrary, the cases so far investigated have not produced any instances of evasion.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

While I appreciate, of course, that my right hon. Friend cannot make public all the machinery, will he consider detailing some officer of his Department whose special concern it should be to look into these cases as soon as they come about?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I cannot detail special officers, but I will follow up every case I can.